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The Conservation of Plant Biodiversity

The Conservation of Plant Biodiversity


  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467315
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  • The Conservation of Plant Biodiversity highlights the different levels of biological organisation at which conservation is being addressed - the gene, the species and the community. Conservation biology is faced with several controversial issues such as the dichotomy between the preservation of individual species versus a broader focus on the environment, the relative importance to give to endangered species, the design and management of reserves and the drive for increasing agricultural productivity through plant improvement versus the drive to maintain traditional peasant varieties in cultivation. These and other issues are dealt with here by emphasising and exploring the underlying scientific principles. The conservation of whole communities emerges as the paramount strategy for maintaining the evolutionary potential of plant life.

    • Biodiversity is still a very hot topic - the importance of conserving plants as well as animals is getting increasing coverage
    • Deals with both cultivated and wild species
    • Integrates molecular, species and community aspects of the conservation of plant biodiversity
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    'A number of useful issues are discussed, notably the in - situ/ex- situ debate which is rapidly coming to the fore.' TEG News

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    28th Jul 2013 by Umair

    The conservation of plant biodiversity is a good reading book

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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467315
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The biological system of conservation
    Part II. Diversity and Conservation of Plant Genes:
    2. The genetic diversity of wild plants
    3. The genetic diversity of cultivated plants
    4. The conservation of cultivated plants
    Part III. Conservation of Plant Species:
    5. Plant species conservation and population biology
    6. The conservation in situ of useful or endangered wild species
    7. Ex situ conservation of threatened and endangered plants
    Part IV. Conservation of Plant Communities:
    8. Community structure and species interactions
    9. Choosing plant community reserves
    10. Managing plant community reserves
    11. Conclusions

  • Authors

    Otto Herzberg Frankel, Division of Plant Industry CSIRO, Canberra

    Anthony H. D. Brown, Division of Plant Industry CSIRO, Canberra

    Jeremy James Burdon, Division of Plant Industry CSIRO, Canberra

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